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Subway hackers stole card cash in sophisticated sandwich sales scam

Point of sale pilferers
Mon Mar 18 2013, 12:10

TWO MEN who could have been making bread with dough instead of making dough out of bread have been charged with hacking a gift card computer system at Subway restaurants.

The men have been charged in Boston with remotely hacking into a computer at Subway sandwich shops and using it to grant themselves big dollar value gift cards.

These gift cards were presumably then sold on to people to who really like a Subway sandwich.

Shahin Abdollahi alias "Sean Holdt", 46, and Jeffrey Thomas Wilkinson, 35, both of California, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and one count of wire fraud, according to the US Department of Justice.

Abdollahi was the owner of some Subway sandwich shops for three years, 2005 to 2008. After this he set up a firm called POS Doctor, POS here standing for Point of Sale. POS Doctor then sold and installed POS systems at Subway restaurants around the US.

Allegedly, around 2011 the pair conspired to add some lovely green salad to their sandwich and remotely hack the systems that they installed.

This let them create $40,000 worth gift cards for free. These were then either used by them to buy all manner of sandwiches or sold through places like eBay and Craigslist.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. We think it is safe to assume that they don't fancy a sandwich. µ


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